2008 SEMA - Green motor oil, or is it moo-ter oil?

Consumer Reports News: November 05, 2008 12:16 PM

Here’s one energy-independence concept that you might not of thought of: lubricating your car’s engine with animal fat.

Green Earth Technologies announced this morning at SEMA that their new G-Oil, which is made from saturated animal fats, has met and passed all test criteria for the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) SM certification. That means some of it may soon be coming to a crankcase near you.

A company press release says saturated animal fats have a similar molecular structure to petroleum-based oils, and that G-Oil is both biodegradable and will deliver better performance than conventional motor oil. It also claims the production process is more efficient than that required to produce conventional motor oil, and that G-Oil could drastically reduce our dependency on imported oil.

How significant that impact will be remains to be seen. G-Oil is made from beef tallow, a byproduct of meat processing (and meat is something Americans like to process in abundance). Just take a stroll through the SEMA food court at lunchtime if you need a peek at how much we like our processed meats.

Dietary discussions aside, Green Earth Technologies says that animal-fat based motor oil is no bum steer. It says its ready to produce as many as 175,000 barrels of G-Oil a day.  The company also produces a wide range of green-themed care car products, including car wash, tire cleaner, rain repellant, and glass cleaner.

Jim Travers

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